The FAFSA Simplification Act was passed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The Act represents a significant overhaul of the federal student aid process, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, need analysis and eligibility calculations, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in Title IV programs. These changes will greatly enhance the user experience and should drastically reduce the time to complete the application.
Due to these significant changes, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023. The exact date has not been released by the Department of Education.
We have highlighted some of the most significant changes related to the student experience below, you may also review studentaid.gov for additional resources as released by the Department of Education.